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Crossrail and University of York celebrate new rail link

Crossrail Ltd, the company delivering the new railway for London and the South-East which will be Europe's largest civil engineering project, is today announcing a collaboration with The University of York to support a new course in Computer Science. Through a new agreement, Crossrail will provide sponsorship of £60,000 per annum for the Master of Engineering course in Embedded Systems.

The four-year course offered by the University's Department of Computer Science will give students practical experience of hardware and software development and working with a major industrial collaborator.

Crossrail will be involved in the design of the course prospectus and will also provide guest lectures, as well as an annual prize of £250 for the outstanding student. Students on the course will be able to visit Crossrail's premises in London and may also be offered one-year internships on the project.

An embedded systems laboratory, to be named the 'Crossrail Laboratory', is currently under construction in the Computer Science Building, as part of the University's Heslington East campus expansion.

The agreement will also see the establishment of an annual Crossrail public lecture which will feature prominent speakers from the rail sector. The University of York's Computer Science department will also explore the potential for future research projects and workshops with Crossrail.

The Head of Computer Science at York, Professor John McDermid, said: "This is an exciting partnership with a company spearheading the transformation of transport infrastructure in one of the world's great cities. Crossrail's involvement will give students first-hand experience of working with embedded systems, and the technical and personal skills to be of immediate and long-term benefit to industry."

Crossrail's Talent and Resources Director, Valerie Todd, said: "Crossrail is a project of national significance and has always valued investment in training future talent. The Master of Engineering course will help foster such talent by providing a high-quality learning environment creating a large bank of skilled engineers who will be an asset to the industry."


Media Information:

David Garner, University of York: 01904 432153 or

Ankeeta Munsi, Crossrail Press Office: 020 3229 9552

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About Crossrail

Crossrail is a new £15.9 billion railway for London and the South East. It will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 60 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. When Crossrail opens it will increase London's public transport network capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading business centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

Preparatory works will continue throughout 2009. Main Crossrail construction starts in 2010. Crossrail is scheduled to open for service in 2017.

The Crossrail Act received Royal Assent on 22 July 2008, granting the powers to build the railway, and Crossrail construction began on 15 May 2009 with work commencing at the new Crossrail Canary Wharf station. The main construction programme begins along the route in 2010.

Other progress includes:

• Terry Morgan appointed Chairman, effective 1 June 2009
• Rob Holden became Chief Executive from 1 April 2009
• Appointment of Transcend as Crossrail Programme Partner
• Appointment of Bechtel Limited as Crossrail Project Delivery Partner
• Compulsory Purchase Notices issued and property acquired at Tottenham Court Road
• Tender issued for £500m London Underground works at Tottenham Court Road. The shortlist of companies has invited to tender was announced on 10 July, 2009. The contract for the Crossrail works at Tottenham Court Road will be advertised at a later date
• Detailed design contracts for central stations have been awarded
• Signing of funding agreements signed with BAA, City of London and Canary Wharf Group
• Crossrail is promoted by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London.Since then, Crossrail has been moving rapidly ahead and progress includes:

A tunnelling academy is due to open and Network Rail will start work on upgrading the existing railway for Crossrail services in 2010. Up to 14,000 people are estimated to be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015. Crossrail is Europe's largest construction project.

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